HUMAN DIMENSIONS SPECIALIST)
This position is responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing, communicating and evaluating AGFC’s social science research program and integrating that into natural resource management and policy to enhance the mission of AGFC. As such, this position will provide expert guidance and technical support to AGFC and its Commissioners on the human dimensions of conservation/management issues. This position will represent AGFC at professional meetings related to human dimensions. This position serves as AGFC’s expert in social science research and sampling methodology, coordinating with AGFC staff to develop and implement surveys, focus groups, interviews, data analyses, and other human dimensions techniques that help AGFC staff understand public behaviors, preferences, and trends related to conservation and management. This position leads research projects related to the AGFC’s recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R-3) efforts to increase participation in outdoor recreation. The position facilitates the incorporation of social science information into program policy decisions, operation planning and program evaluation, and ensures social science research priorities are consistent with agency needs. This position will use valid scientific methods to examine knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and other variables that affect human behaviors related to natural resource management, managers, research, and regulations. Specific duties and responsibilities include:
• Aid in the development of effective communication strategies to help build understanding and support for program objectives and scientific evidence-based management decisions.
• Use valid scientific methods to assess the efficacy of outreach programs and help develop future outreach strategies.
• Use valid scientific methods to access perceptions of natural resource management, managers, research and regulations
• Aid in the agency’s goal of recruiting, retaining, and reactivating individuals into the arena of conservation
• Coordinate and lead R-3 research initiatives.
• Develop a range of communication materials that inform AGFC staff and commissioners, as well as the public, on the human dimensions aspect of fisheries, wildlife, and natural resource management.
• Guide and facilitate citizen and staff engagement processes and meetings to address high priority issues.
• Create and conduct scientific studies such that the resulting human dimensions data and findings will be incorporated into natural resource management decisions.
• Implement or create methodologies to assess, track, and evaluate social response to implemented regulations and identify areas of impact and success within the state.
• Utilize and manage the agency’s constituent registry to enhance communication, input/feedback, and interaction with Arkansans to aid in the decision making process.
• Coordinate with AGFC divisions to assist in the development of curricula for training staff on human dimensions principles, social science techniques, and/or public engagement.
• Performs other duties as assigned.